Couple who live with a buffalo save a space for him at the Christmas table

A couple who own a 180-stone buffalo make sure he’s included in all aspects of their Christmas celebrations.

Owners Ronnie (R.C) and Sherron Bridges, from Texas, sold their herd of 52 buffalo and replaced them with just one calf – which they now treat like a family pet. 

The pet buffalo, who goes by the name of Wild Thing, gets his own presents, holiday accessories and even sits at the table with his owners for Christmas dinner.

R.C said: ‘Wild Thing really enjoys joining us in the house at Christmas – he’s very social with us because we act as his herd.

‘I always get a present for him to play with and I might get him a trash can this year. He absolutely loves knocking them around the yard with his horns.

‘He even likes to dress up and I bought a wreath to hang on one of his horns this year.’

It was Sherron’s idea to bring the large animal into their home for Christmas every year and, despite his enormous size, he has never destroyed any decorations.

R.C added: ‘He has a barn and land to walk about in but he loves coming in to watch TV. Being in the house is his favourite thing.

‘He is the real life bull in a china shop although I’m surprised he doesn’t do more damage with his 400lb head when he comes and goes as he pleases.

‘It’s like a car coming through the house, he has his own room where he watches TV but his favourite room requires a bit of furniture moving to get him in each time.

‘But despite how big he is, he’s never knocked over or broken any of our Christmas ornaments.’

However, Wild Thing – who is now 15-years-old – has had a few incidents with his owners over the years.

R.C. said: ‘It’s taken ten years for him to let my wife brush him and he’s not safe for other people to come near.

‘He attacked me just last year and a few years prior, something spooked him and he hit me between his horns and carried on running with me holding on, my wife thought I was dead.

‘But we wouldn’t have life any other way. He’s our pet and we love him.’

The couple even appointed him as best man at their wedding 10 years ago.

They also hold birthday parties and parades for Wild Thing, where the public can see him – but at a safe distance.

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